AMD launched their new Radeon RX Vega series of graphics cards last month, but it looks like we will see a mobile variant sooner, rather than later.
HP looks to be the first with Radeon Vega M mobile graphics, powered by AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5 2500U 'Raven Ridge' APU. HP's upcoming Envy X360 15-BQ101NA will be the first Zen APU-powered laptop, with a Ryzen 5 2500U @ 2GHz, with up to 3.6GHz Turbo frequency.
Inside, HP's new Envy X360 will feature 8GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD, 1080p Full HD touch-enabled display, and Vega Mobile. AMD could provide Vega 8 or Vega 10, with 45W of power consumption for the entire laptop.
Vega inside of a laptop is going to be very interesting, for more than one reason. First, power consumption locked to 45W for the entire laptop means that the APU doesn't have much to work with, and then the Vega M variant will be interesting to know - Vega 8 or Vega 10, but how powerful will it be? I'm sure it's there to handle 1080p video and that's about it... but I don't see anything about HBM2.
Are we to expect Vega SKUs without HBM2? Is Vega built for a RAM standard other than HBM2? Is this something new because of the current yield issues with HBM2, something I exclusively revealed earlier this year. Interesting times ahead...
Intel has been rumored to be working with AMD for a while on a CPU that would feature AMD Radeon GPU technology, but until now it has been rumor. New rumors have surfaced, teasing that Intel is working on a new CPU with Vega GPU technology inside.
The new rumor is coming from a purported slide from Intel that says "Vega Inside, Mobile Performance Outside", which leads us to believe that Intel is working on a new mobile CPU that will feature Vega GPU inside. AMD released their Vega architecture a couple of months ago now, starting with Radeon Vega Frontier Edition and finishing up with Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Edition with a few SKUs in between. We haven't seen any low/mid-range Vega parts yet, but it wouldn't surprise me to see them in an Intel processor first, either.
Intel's recently released Coffee Lake family of processors still uses the same GPU technology that was inside of Kaby Lake, but the upcoming mobile-aimed Coffee Lake-H processors might see Vega inside. Further up the roadmap we have Cannon Lake which will be released in the Y-series family, which will come in 2018 on 10nm... this could also rock Vega tech.
Intel has finally launched its new Coffee Lake-based Core i7-8700K and Core i5-8600K processors, with pro-overclocker Der8auer and CaseKing.de teaming up to offer the new CPUs in pre-binned, and special designed IHS variants.
CaseKing is offering three different versions of the 6C/12T variant, with the Core i7-8700K being offered in the following options:
- Advanced Edition: pre-binned without modified IHS or TIM (stock @ 4.8GHz, OC @ 5.1GHz)
- Pro Edition: pre-binned + nickel-plated/polished IHS (stock @ 4.8GHz, OC @ 5.1GHz)
- Ultra Edition: pre-binned + silver IHS + Liquid Metal TIM (up to 5.2GHz)
Any enthusiast who is looking to overclock will want to seriously consider this awesome offer, especially given the CPUs are pre-binned to hit 5.2GHz... looks like it's time to grab one myself.
Intel's new Core i7-8700K has barely been out for 24 hours and it has already been thrown under LN2 cooling and cranked all the way up to 7.405GHz... a huge overclock from its maximum Turbo clocks of 4.7GHz.
HWBOT user Kovan Yang broke der8auer's record on the 8700K of 7.3GHz, with Yang's use of the 73x multiplier and 101.44MHz bus speed hitting the magic 7.405GHz mark. Yang hasn't said how much voltage was used, which would be something very important to know. We do know that Yang used the 6C/12T processor @ 7.405GHz on MSI's Z370 Godlike Gaming motherboard, though.
Most people should reach 5GHz with AIO or good air cooling on the Core i7-8700K, and with anything more serious, the sky is the limit for Coffee Lane... especially when it comes to LN2.
Intel is hours away from launching its new Core i7-8000 series of processors, with the new Coffee Lake CPU architecture being led by the flagship Core i7-8700K, which has now been officially delidded.
Intel's new Core i7-8700K was delidded by HKEPC, wherer we see that the new Coffee Lake-S processor has a die size of roughly 151mm2, making it longer than the die of the 7700K. This means that for the additional 2 CPU cores on the Core i7-8700K, Intel is using around 29mm2 more die area.
We should expect nearly all Core i7-8700K processors to reach 5GHz with some good cooling, think AIO coolers. If you want to go higher than 5GHz, you're going to want to delid the 8700K, to which we should expect delidding tutorial videos on YouTube any day now.
About a month ago we brought you news that AMD was planning to add NVMe based RAID capabilities to its X399 platform, and wasn't going to charge for it like Intel. The set date was September 25th, and while that date came and went with little fuss, nothing showed up except some BIOS versions that were quickly pulled (but had stated NVMe RAID was added).
Today we are happy to bring you news that AMD has followed through on their promise, albeit a few days late. While BIOS versions with NVMe RAID have been available for a few days, AMD's NVMe RAID driver has not, but you can now download it here.
While we all know that RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is all about increasing speed and/or reliability, until now, NVMe drives were not capable of RAID on the X399 platform, instead you only had SATA RAID. The latest and greatest SSDs are all coming out as NVMe based drives, and now you can put them in RAID 0, 1, or 10 without paying a dime (well you have to buy the drives).
You can now take drives such as two Samsung 960 Pros and put them in a RAID0 array and get ~7GB/s of sequential read (leaks have shown speeds of multiple drives over 20GB/s), and the best part is that there is no bottleneck between the CPU and the PCI-E controller, since AMD's PCI-E 3.0 is all in the CPU. AMD also has also put up a blog post discussing the new feature and its possibilities.
Intel is preparing its Core i7-8000 series processors that will be led by the flagship Core i7-8700K and joined by the Core i7-8600K, with these two CPUs having some benchmarks leaked. We have gaming results at 1080p which will be showing more of the brute strength of the CPU for gaming, as lower resolutions are more CPU dependent.
The tests include most of the popular CPUs used today, with the Core i7-8700K a champion throughout the testing. The lower-end 8600K is a 6C/6T processor, but for gaming the six additional threads from Hyper Threading, like the Core i7-8700K has. This doesn't matter for gaming, and more so at 1080p and lower. Even though a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was used, the 8600K is a surprise performer and should make a bigger impact with many more sales than the 8700K given its price/performance ratio.
That fact is highlighted by the fact that the Core i7-8600K still overclocks past 5GHz, only continuing to impress and best the 8700K on price/performance for gaming. The additional six threads on the 8700K will be great for higher-end enthusiast gamers who want to spend more, and will utilize the multi-threaded power from the 6C/12T offering.
AMD had one of its biggest years ever in 2017 with the constant Ryzen rampage, causing a once stable Intel to flip its magnetic poles and freak out by spewing out new CPUs every couple of months because its sleeping giant of a competitor awoke from its slumber.
If you thought this year was big, AMD is planning a massive 2018 with the shift to the 12nm low-power node at Globalfoundries, the new 12nm LP chip will arrive with the Pinnacle Ridge family of CPUs. Pinnacle Ridge will feature up to 8 Zen CPU cores, and should be a refresh of sorts of the current-gen Ryzen 7/5/3 processors, but on the new 12nm node. AMD will also be launching a new low-power version of its Pinnacle Ridge architecture in April, while the enterprise-class side of the new Pinnacle Ridge architecture will arrive in May, just in time for Computex.
AMD will also be unveiling a new X470 chipset to succeed the current X370 that Ryzen CPUs are compatible with, meaning we should see a X499 chipset debut hopefully a few months after with a next-gen Ryzen Threadripper 2950X processor on 12nm.
It seems all of AMD's upcoming products have been experiencing quite the information leak, where we have found out about Vega 20, Ryzen 2 and Ryzen 3, Raven Ridge, and now Ryzen 5 PRO Mobile.
AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5 PRO Mobile product is the first Zen-based APU, which will also rock on-die Vega graphics. AMD is promising some great performance out of Ryzen 5 PRO Mobile, which will beat a Kaby Lake-based Core i5 processor, and absolutely thrashes AMD's last-gen efforts with Bristol A12.
In terms of gaming performance, we're told to believe it all from a 3DMark 11 run, with Ryzen 5 PRO Mobile equaling the Bristol A12-based APU, and really putting the boot into Intel's neck with their Kaby Lake-based Core i5. AMD has also made some hefty improvements to the power consumption, with idle power numbers that are slightly below the Core i5, and radically lower than the Bristol A12.
AMD has unleashed so much this year: Ryzen, Ryzen Threadripper, Radeon RX 500 series and Radeon RX Vega series graphics cards, as well as a slew of Vega-based workstation/AI/datacenter level cards like Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, Radeon Instinct, and more.
Looking into 2018, we have Raven Ridge: AMD's new APU that should be an impressive release thanks to its 8 x Zen CPU cores and 11 x Vega CUs. Raven Ridge was initially promised for late 2017, but with AMD having issues getting enough Vega GPUs into graphics cards, I'm sure there has been a good reason for the delay into the New Year.
AMD will be launching Raven Ridge on the AM4 socket for the desktop, while notebook designs will feature the FP5 notebook socket. Inside, they'll both feature Zen CPU cores and Vega CUs. We don't know about performance, but I'd expect 1080p 60FPS with great power efficiency... anything less would be disappointing.